Oct. 27, 2009 at 5:03pm

City Council Meeting Liveblog

That's right, live from downtown Tacoma!

Since I'm all nice 'n comfy with my laptop at tonight's city council meeting, I thought I'd take a crack at my first liveblog. I'll be updating this post as the meeting continues. I can't promise I'll be fast enough to include everything, but I'll try and include all the interesting tidbits.

Stay tuned!

5:10 PM
Meeting called to order, the suspense is killing me!

5:12 PM
Discussing resolution 37902, which would update the working relationship Tacoma has with Puyallup in building/running a 800MHz radio communications network. Basically police/fire/emergency radio stuff.

... and adopted!

5: 16 PM
Discussing Art at Work Day...

5:23 PM
TAPCO is celebrating its 75th anniversary. Bill Baarsma proclaims 10/27/2009 as TAPCO Credit Union Day. Woah, they get their own freakin' day!

5:28 PM
Now discussing some pretty depressing pancreatic cancer statistics...
Recognizing the contributions the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in Tacoma.

Baarsma proclaims November 2009 Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

5:33 PM
Public comment begins... any drama this week?

Mr. Alan Douglas discusses the conveyence of 22 city-owned parks to Metro Parks (also Wright Park), voicing his support.

Mr. John Miles points out the Wapato Hills property is noticeably omitted. Notes that 4 gov't agencies own the property, none of whom have a master plan to develop it to benefit the public. Baarsma acknowledges the value of the space.

5:40 PM
Public hearing begins on renewal of the cable TV (and probably internet) franchise agreement with Comcast.

5:44 PM
Public hearing begins on renewal of the Click! cable agreement.

Lonergan discusses interesting issue that other states have started moving franchising authority up to the state level (something AT&T has apparrently been spending a lot of money to encourage). Not yet in WA, but if it happened, Tacoma would lose its authority to grant franchise agreements in exchange for funding/support for things like TV Tacoma, free cable services for our schools, etc. I'm not understanding the details 100%, but if AT&T wants it, I'm thinking it's a bad thing...

6:00 PM
Purchase resolution 37903 adopted. Autorizes payment of $275,000 to Piper Jaffray & Co. for bond underwriting services for 2009 muni/GO bonds. Apparrently $275K the maximum, and may not reach that high. Interesting...

6:02 PM
Purchase resolution 37904 adopted. Authorizes $305,000 to cover legal expenses related to telecom, cable, open video, and private communication services.

6:07 PM
Resolution 27905 adopted. Conveyance of those 22 city owned parks to Metro Parks.

6:08 PM
Resolution 37906 adopted. Conveyance of Wright Park from the city to Metro Parks. Baarsma notes this is somewhat historic as it places Wright Park under the authority of Metro Parks after over 100 years of being the City's responsibility.

6:11 PM
Discussion begins on implementing parking pay stations (sub. ordinance 27840), rollout would start come next March.
Will be rolld out in 3 areas - UWT, the downtown core, and everywhere in between (sounds like one big area to me?).

6:18 PM

First reading of ordinance 27843, which would authorize Click! to raise service rates. This would be the 4th rate increase in Click!'s history, with Comcast having raised rates 13 times during the same time period.
Cites statistic that other WA cities pay almost 40% more on average for cable TV service.

Lonergan asks whether it would be possible to keep the two rate hikes at least a year apart (since the first one is being delayed).

Baarsma notes this is the first time Click! (as with the rest of the country) actually has to pay licensing fees for broadcasting what is free OTA. Apparrently the FCC is investigating this (thank goodness).

6:30 PM
City manager reports on plans to purchase electric vehicles and alternative energy facilities paid for with federal stimulus dollars (reminding me also of TPU's involvement with the state's plan to roll out electric charging corridor through I-5).

comments [15]  |  posted under city council, liveblog, meeting notes, tacoma


by KevinFreitas on 10/27/2009 @ 5:16pm
This is my kinda' way to catch the action. Doesn't steal my attention and it's in short-hand form. w00t! Thanks Nick!

by Nick on 10/27/2009 @ 5:44pm
Haha, no problem - not all of us need suffer through the meeting to get to the good meat ;-)

by KevinFreitas on 10/27/2009 @ 6:03pm
@TAPCO Day: FeedTacoma Day? SiteCrafting Day? Robert "The Traveller" Hill Day? Man, this could get fun!

@State cable franchising: Hmm, yea. I tend to agree that if AT&T wants it we should be weary. Click provides a great locale alternative to larger corporate providers like Verizon, Comcast, and Direct TV and I'd hate to see that citizen focused option go away.

by KevinFreitas on 10/27/2009 @ 8:11pm
Doh! Guess this will help prompt me to pony up some time to create iPhone versions of i.Feed blogs -- for easy reading and easy posting.

by NineInchNachos on 10/27/2009 @ 8:14pm
need to get a frost park chalk season month day.

by NineInchNachos on 10/27/2009 @ 8:15pm
and what of the parking meters? was that in the meeting today?

by Erik on 10/27/2009 @ 8:17pm
Thanks for covering city hall.

We had another Feed Tacoma guy covering it for awhile but they stopped for some reason.

by L.S.Erhardt on 10/27/2009 @ 8:32pm
@ Cable... AT&T & Comcrap will do anything to stop competition. Be assured that if the big Telcos want it, is a VERY BAD THING except for them and their shareholders. Can I use profanity here? F-Comcast.

@ 800mHz Radio... there better not be encrypted channels on there. Police and Fire have no need for encryption. Only bad can come from it. Can you imagine if there was encryption?

OFFICER HARDASS: Steve, did you see that woman by Les Davis Pier?
OFFICER DUMBASS: Todd, go to encryption
[on encrypted channel]
DUMBASS: Did you see her f-ing tits?
HARDASS: I know! Man I just want to go up to her and...


[in Lakewood]
OFFICER DUMBASS: Red camaro, license plate #666-PIG. Steve, go to encryption.
[on encrypted channel]
OFFICER HARDASS: Looks like we got another DWB?
DUMBASS: heh... this one's worth 20 points. Let's nail 'em

OFFICER HARDASS: Man, those guys are out chalking again.
OFFICER DUMBASS: Yeah, I wish they'd pick another park so we can put a fence here. Hey, wait a minute... Is that?
HARDASS: Yeah, I think so. Go to encryption, Todd.
[on encrypted channel]
DUMBASS: It is him! It's that litter f-er who keep making fun of cops.
HARDASS: Let's see what that asshat thinks of a tasering. Got his address?
DUMBASS: got it and some bullshit evidence. That f-er is going to f-ing ICE

Don't think it'll happen?

by Nick on 10/27/2009 @ 8:39pm
Just updated the rest of my notes taken after Tacoma's stingy IT department cut me off, jerks!

In all seriousness, what's with the 1 hour wifi limit? Why not at least make it last as long as a freakin' city council meeting? Sheesh!

by fredo on 10/27/2009 @ 8:54pm
Nick, nice job!.

Could you insert some screen shots with funny captions?

by NineInchNachos on 10/27/2009 @ 9:01pm
ha ha. You know what would be funny? streaming the meeting on your laptop at the actual city council meeting.

Nick, I've seen you in the audience when you sit near the citizen speaker podium, you need to hang a sign on the back of your laptop.

by Nick on 10/27/2009 @ 10:08pm
Haha, I should do it UN style and have a name placard in front of me.

by L.S.Erhardt on 10/27/2009 @ 10:56pm
You could be really facetious and have a UN2029 placard in front of you...

by Nick on 10/28/2009 @ 8:47am
Google is failing me, what's UN2029?

by L.S.Erhardt on 10/28/2009 @ 2:27pm
Anhydrous hydrazine.

aka propellant for spacecraft. Ever wonder how satellites and those deep space probes (like the Pioneers, the Voyagers and New Horizons) are able to do altitude and course correction? Hydrazine is the answer.

It's very handy but also incredibly toxic and unstable. It can cause acid-like burns and spontaneously combust.

I used it because it's a very valuable chemical, but needs to be handled with caution... like a blogger! Piss them off and you won't like what happens.


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